Can Depo Provera Harm Your Baby?

on Oct 31, 2013

by Alyssia Granger

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Remember that the majority of babies who are exposed to Depo Provera in the womb are perfectly healthy and have no long lasting health effects.

What is Depo Provera?

Depo Provera is a very popular birth control method that is given via injections. Usually, Depo Provera is only given four times a year, making it a convenient method of birth control for women who don’t want to have to remember to take a pill every day. It is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy when shots are given at the correct times and intervals. But, some women still wonder, what happens if you get pregnant while Depo Provera is still in your system, or what happens if you have a Depo Provera shot while you are already pregnant without knowing it? Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Can Depo Provera harm a fetus?

Most doctors are in agreement that if a fetus is exposed to Depo Provera, there is some degree of risk that the drug can harm the unborn baby. This is because Depo Provera is considered a Category X Drug by the FDA. This means that this medicine has been shown to cause problems with the fetus in either animal or human studies of the drug, or both. Any risks of using these drugs during pregnancy more than overwhelmingly outweigh the benefits. The use of any Category X medication during pregnancy should be avoided.

What can Depo Provera do to a fetus?

Depo Provera can put a fetus at risk for abnormal genital development. This risk is highly controversial though, with some doctors thinking it exists, and other doctors thinking it doesn’t. Depo Provera can also lead to low birth weight in babies that are exposed to it in the womb. However, this low birth weight risk does not seem to cause any problems later in life. So, while Depo Provera is considered a Category X drug, if a woman accidentally gets a dose before she doesn’t know that she is pregnant, it doesn’t seem to cause any long term effects on the fetus.

What you should do

First of all, if you think that there is any possible chance that you MIGHT be pregnant, do NOT get the Depo Provera shot. Just do not take that risk. It’s not worth it. When it comes to your baby, you don’t want to take any risks that could hurt you or your child. However, if something happens, say, you get a dose of Depo Provera before you know that you are pregnant, don’t worry too much. Talk with your doctor and make sure that he or she understands what is going on. You might need to be monitored more in your pregnancy due to this, but most likely there will not be any complications. Remember that the majority of babies who are exposed to Depo Provera in the womb are perfectly healthy and have no long lasting health effects.

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Can Depo Provera Harm Your Baby?, 3.9 out of 5 based on 12 ratings

Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.

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  • Guest

    Hi I received my 3rd depo injection in the first week of December.. This week I’ve been feeling tired with stomach pain. My stomach has gotten bigger & hard in my pelvic area. I always feel movement in my belly like kicks & I’ve been feeling sick along with headaches as well could I be pregnant?

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  • prescy

    What will happen if you get the 3 years depo, while you are 3 weeks pregnant

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  • samantha

    hi i received the depo injection about two weeks ago not knowing that there could be a possibility that i might get pregnant well i do my normal routine that i do every month buy a test before i am due to have period and found out i was 1-2 weeks pregnant was worried but rang the doctors and they said that everything should be ok but to keep a close eye on how things go and to let the midwife now when see them. wish all u lovely ladies the best.

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  • dayday

    after you had your babydid your baby have any side effects from the depo shot far as his genetic track

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  • Diana

    I’ve been taking depo well over a year never missed an apt. But, now I think I’m pregnant I’m really nervous about the baby if there is one. (()

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  • brandi carter

    I got the depo shot for the first time last week next thing i knw im in the hospital with a 4Week fetus that stretched my fallopian tube and caused me eternal bleeding on the inside of my stomach n i had to have energency surgey to get my fallopian tube removed

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  • courtney

    That sounds like a tubal pregnancy brandy carter I dont think it was the depo

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  • Marie anderson

    I took a prevents test and it came back negived does that mean I am prevent and I can feal movement and a heart bet

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  • Anonymous

    You would not be able to feel your baby’s heart.

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  • Marie anderson

    yes i can some times fell movemont but i do not have morring sickness but i have milk comeing out please meg me back my last depo was march 5 2015 thank you

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  • Marie anderson

    and i took like 5 tasts and they all come back negaitve but i thank i am pregent

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  • Kayla

    I had a thought I may be pregnant I had been feeling sick a few times a day mostly around 3 am. My mom REALLY wanted me to get the depo because she’s not ready for another grand kid because my sister has 2 kids. I’m really shy and couldn’t find a reason so I didn’t get the shot without saying it’s a possibility that was last week my period wasn’t supposed to start until today the tested me at the appointment but they use cheep tests so it’s kinda to early to tell I used to always be on the depo until I turned 19 I never had a period on it not once. But since I got the shot I’ve had extreme bursts of cramps all day I have a milky discharge my boobs are sore and I have to pee a lot my stomic is constantly upset and I sometimes want to throw up I’m not sure if it’s just because I was off the depo for a year or that it was just to early to tell on the test at the doctors.

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  • stacy

    Hi I took the depo shot not knowing I was pregnant a few night back I started to bleed then I saw my baby came out I was about two month can it cause by the depo shot that I take

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  • Scarlette Genger

    I had unprotected during my ovulation I think it was my ovulation period which was the end of the month last two weeks and my period comes in the beginning of the month I got back on my depo shot 4days after my last intercourse and havent gotten my period yet i took a pregnancy test that resulted negative can the depo interfere with result? Also I’m experiencing lower back pelvic and ovary stabbing pains what does that mean? Can i be pregnant.

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  • Scarlette Genger

    I had unprotected during my ovulation I think it was my ovulation period which was the end of the month last two weeks and my period comes in the beginning of the month I got back on my depo shot 4days after my last intercourse and havent gotten my period yet i took a pregnancy test that resulted negative can the depo interfere with result? Also I’m experiencing lower back pelvic and ovary stabbing pains what does that mean? Can i be pregnant.

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  • Kaylen Woodworth

    Sense I had my first depo shot I have been having unprotected sex and I got my second shot December 11 and I am still having unprotected sex and I have been having pain and I feel like getting sick what does that mean

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  • Maggie Solis

    Hello. I got my first Depo Provera shot on March 1st around 6 PM. I had unprotected sex the next day around 11:30-12. What’s the possibility of pregnancy? How fast does Depo Provera function after receiving the shot?

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  • Lenee

    My ob recommends using protection for the first 7-10 days after the shot.

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  • win

    what was the outcome for your daughter and grandchild? i found out i was 5 months in march due to my waters breaking. sadly we lost him as i got an infection x

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  • Gabriel

    hey did you ever come out pregnant form your situation? @Maggie solis

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  • Conkell

    If you get the shot while on your period it works instantly, if you get the shot not on your period, Drs recommend using protection until after your next period

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  • Rosy

    Same thing happened to me did u end up getting pregnant?

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  • Tundra

    You can’t feel kicking that early in pregnancy so you most likey aren’t pregnant

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  • Maria O’gracia

    I was told you have to wait 1 week after getting your first shot and if you are late

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  • Chelsea Ann King

    My friends daughter continuously got her depo shots six months into her pregnancy. She did not know she was pregnant. All pregnancy tests, including hospital tests kept coming back negative. I’m worried for the state of the unborn child. I don’t know if they have had or are going to have tests done to check and make sure the baby is doing ok. Her daughter is 15 years old and is due in march.

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  • Joharah

    She should have a amnio test done.a needle is poked into the stomach and into the womb,liquid is extracted and then tested for illness.

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